Good morning. Wonderful Sunday morning. Up early. Cool weather and a bit cloudy but now sun breaking through. Birds chirping everywhere. But my netting seems to work better so most of my strawberries are safe! Sorry birds :-)
Preaching today, caroling practice in the afternoon and going to plan to cook fried kueh teow for dinner as weather will be sunny and I can cook outside and not stink up my whole house with oil :-)
Tomorrow's weather forecast looks sunny and so I plan to completer some of the gardening work that I have been neglecting due to the weather (goods excuse right? :-))
Here's a wonderful story (I hope) to start your Sunday morning from "Cybersalt" and now time to switch off my PC and open up the church!
When my son was 11 years old, he got a small job helping out with a traveling carnival while it was in our town.
He didn't come home at lunch time, phoning instead to tell me he was fine and had found a few days work helping out at an exhibit. He turned up for supper as usual however after he finished work.
I asked him how he had managed at lunch and he told me he had made some new friends at the carnival, some young men who were twin brothers, and their mom and dad. They had paid him a few dollars and invited him for lunch in return for helping them set up their exhibit and wanted him to return the next day to help with other chores.
I was glad he had found new friends but a little apprehensive about the type of people that might be traveling in a carnival.
"Oh Mom, these are just normal everyday people like anyone else. They just work at a carnival instead of in a store or something. Come down tomorrow and meet them yourself," he said.
So the next day I went to the carnival and to the exhibit he had directed me to. The twin brothers turned out to be Siamese twins, joined at the chest. He hadn't thought this fact was noteworthy enough to mention.
When I talked about it later to him he said, "Yes, I noticed that too. Do you know that their mom has to make all their clothes because it's so difficult to find anything to fit them? They're also really good cooks. Today, Joe, the one on the right, made me spaghetti for lunch."
What others see first in a person (or persons) is not what a child considers important. Where I saw Siamese twins, he saw people having difficulty buying clothes that fit, and young men who were good cooks.
It was a lesson I have thought about many times over the years.
- Charlotte Mansfield